Tom Maschler’s book is a festschrift of which, unusually, the subject and the author are the same. His life, fame, achievements, authors, friendships, enemies and admirers, his crises and moodswings are already known to booktrade elders, who hardly need read his embellishments, though they provide evidence of the rise of the in-house literary editor from glorified reader to celebrity publisher.
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'The Craft’s first martyr', John Coustos 'became a celebrity and a sensational symbol for the causes it would claim: tolerance, rational inquiry, cross-border cosmopolitanism, relative equality and enlightened faith.'
@darrin_mcmahon on the freemasons.
'"Dutch Light" roots its subject in his local environment, explaining, for example, how an abundance of sand for making glass led naturally to a thriving business in optical instruments in Holland.'
Patricia Fara on the life & work of Christiaan Huygens.
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